Tuesday, June 15, 2021

An interview with Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon. Submitted photos

Kevin Nealon. Submitted photos

By Kellie Burns, NBC-2

One of the stars of the Showtime hit series WEEDS and former Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon was at Capt. Brien’s “Off the Hook” Comedy Club recently. NBC 2 News anchor Kellie Burns talked with Kevin about his appearance on Marco Island and his ties to Southwest Florida.

What brings you to Southwest Florida?

“I’m performing at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island. When we set up the gig, I thought I had heard every name and play on words for a comedy club, but “Off the Hook” this is a new one.”

Tell me a little bit about your act?

“My act is always evolving. As I get older, I find myself talking about my fears a lot more. My fears have gone recently from being really afraid of sharks to being terrified of chimpanzees. I’m not talking about the small ones, but the big ones.

I started meditating lately and that is becoming part of my act, but it’s not going so well. I meditate and it turns into worrying. Probably because my mantra is ohhhh noooo, oooohhhhh noooooo.

I also, realized never wear a red shirt to Target, people keep asking you for help all the time and I find I talk about being a Dad a lot these days. I’m an older dad. It is interesting because my friends are all sending their kids off to rehab and I’m sending mine to preschool. That’s kinda different at 57 years old”

What projects are you working on right now? You have a new movie out with long- time friend Adam Sandler?

The movie just came out two weeks ago, “JUST GO WITH IT”. I play a middle-eastern man who has had to much plastic surgery, basically I am dead from the neck up.

You spend a lot of time in this part of Florida, what do you love about this area?

“ I get down to Southwest Florida about twice a year. It is nice to get out of the cold. It is really cold in Los Angeles right now, where I live. I also love the area, it

Julene Wolf, Kim Nealon, Jose Leal, Michelle Aiden Thomas, Craig Wolf and Gayla Wright.

Julene Wolf, Kim Nealon, Jose Leal, Michelle Aiden Thomas, Craig Wolf and Gayla Wright.

is just so relaxing, the pace is conducive to my lifestyle. Not to mention, my parents live on Captiva Island and I love coming here to visit them.”

You are a new dad and I know your parents love spending time with your son? Will you see them when you are here?

“They do love spending time with him. I might even be bringing my son with me this weekend to surprise my parents. They will be in the audience on Saturday night.”

Your mom is being honored as by the Lee County Pace Center for Girls as a Grand Dame on March 29th, will you be back for that?

“Yes, I’m coming back at the end of the month. I am so blessed to have a mom like Kathleen. It’s nice other people know how great she is too. My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past year, and the whole family all got together in Maine. We are really lucky to have her in the family.

I will also be doing a comedy benefit when I am in town then, on Tuesday March 29th at Broadway Palm Theater in Fort Myers for HOPE ClubHouse, a really great organization that helps people with mental illness get back to work.”

You have a very close family, are they part of your act?

“I used to do a lot of stuff in my act about my parents and siblings, but now that I have a family of my own, I using that material more. It makes my job easier. For instance, my son had show-and-tell recently at his preschool, and my wife Susan asked him what he was bringing, he opened up his school bag and pulled out a box of her tampons. I am sure those students learned a lot that day.”

You were a long time anchor on SNL, any advice for Craig and me on the news set?

“Make sure they guy running the prompter or holding the cue cards pays attention, if he falls asleep you are in big trouble. Oh and don’t wear jeans and shorts behind the news desk. Wear matching pants, you might have to stand up.”

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